Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Toyota Tacoma runs into Iowa nursing home, killing Anna Dykstra

Tacoma: Part of a pattern


HULL, Iowa - (Courtesy KCAU-TV) A freak accident Monday afternoon left a resident of Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull, Iowa dead and the facility with major damages.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff's Office, a 2012 Toyota Tacoma driven by 77-year-old Lawrence Sohl of Hull ran through an intersection, across a grass lawn striking the care center. The truck traveled through the rooms of two residents before coming to rest completely inside the building. The collision killed 88-year-old Anna Dykstra, a resident of the care center, who was in her room at the time of the accident.

No one was in the second room.

Deputies say at the time of the accident, Mr Sohl was following his wife who was driving a 2011 Chrysler Town and Country minivan. About a half block from the accident scene and for no apparent reason, Mr. Sohl struck the rear of the minivan sending his vehical on it's path.

Dykstra was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of her injuries. Lawrence Sohl was transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Sioux Center Ambulance for treatment of his injuries. The care center sustained $200,000 damage.

The accident remains under investigation by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

When will NHTSA invite Dr. Ron Belt and the Korean government researchers to present their scientific explanations of why these kinds of crashes can happen in Toyota vehicles?